According to posts on social networks, the explosion destroyed the part of the building where a volunteer assistance center for the ATO troops was located. It was overseen by one of the Maidan organizations.
The information that the volunteer center was blown up gas been confirmed by Odessa volunteer Daliia Severin on her Facebook page.
The explosion was powerful. It was heard by residents in a wide range from the epicenter.
Police and rescue workers are working on site, which has been cordoned off. According to preliminary data there were no casualties. First photos of the incident have been posted online.
The Odessa region police confirmed the fact of the explosion. "Yes, there was an explosion, there were no casualties. The (police) personnel is conducting a check," the law enforcement agency reports.